Back before everyone left the little town of Sweet Home to the ghosts, she was the girl next door. And he was the boy, who could never get on her father’s good side. But none of that mattered. The only thing that mattered was that her heart had picked him.
But that was years ago. And now, Berlin’s sister is praying for someone to show up to take her brother’s mind off the girl from his past. And surely enough, that someone does. But will this girl be able to cut the chains of his first love or will she just make him fall harder for that little girl he left behind in Sweet Home, Missouri?
One week is all they have.
And, once again, Laura did what she always does…she warmed my heart the moment it needed the most.
One of my all time favorite quotes from one of my favorite books is this one that says: “There is a string that connects us that is not visible to the eye. Maybe every person has more than one soul they are connected to, and all over the world there are these invisible strings. Maybe the chances that you’ll find each and every one of your soulmates is slim. But sometimes you’re lucky enough to stumble across one. And you feel a tug. And it’s not so much a choice to love them through their flaws and through your differences, but rather you love them without even trying.” (Fisher, Tarryn; Mud Vein)
This quote touched me deeply, and I have never ceased to believe in it ever since. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and I believe that our soul is connected to other souls in different ways and that we develop different relations with them. One of them may be the love of our life, others our best friends, others can mark us in some way and sometimes even without them knowing it. And some, some become authors and with their words they change our lives forever, and you love them without even trying.
I’ve said it a few times, but it’s always good to remember. 1) I do not write reviews, I write rants Lol. 2) Sometimes, almost every time, I can’t write reviews/rants about my favorite books because I always think words aren’t enough to live up to the impact that certain books had on my life. 3) I know that even though I keep saying and saying and saying this, I will never be able to express my love and gratitude for Laura Miller’s books, and my deep admiration for her work as a writer.
For years, since I met Will, I have been tapping the same key, often even sounding tiresome, to all my friends, acquaintances or anyone who asks for a book or author indication: PLEASE READ THE BOOKS WRITTEN BY LAURA MILLER! And for years I’ve dumbfolded by the entire freaking world and its inability to just listen to me as much as I would like it to! To my friends, I ask you: When did I ever disappoint you with my indications? (Don’t answer! Lol)
Anyway, I had the honor once again of receiving the ARC of The Life We Almost Had, Laura’s new release, but life, like a mean thing she can be sometimes, has been suffocating me so much in the past months that it took me longer than I wish to finish it, not because the book didn’t catch my attention, on the contrary, Laura’s book always win me over with their first lines, but because life decided to play villain with me. At least that’s what I imagined, until I finished reading it last night and remembering that everything happens for a reason, that everything ends exactly as it should, even when the in between is a little turbulent.
With the same tenderness, with the same affection, with the same ability as always, Laura gifted me – because that’s what she does, she gifts us with her books – with another beautiful love story, written with such a beautiful fluidity that captivated me and transported me into her words. There is no urge in her books, and there was no urge in this one either. She told the story in a calmly way, slowly and accurately developing the characters and plot. In an analogy, it wasn’t like a overpowering passion, but a pure, beautiful love, like those that gradually rise and consolidate themselves with time. Laura built her story this way, consolidating her narrative with each new chapter.
The chapters alternate between the past and the present and between the POV of both characters, helping us to understand the context and all the emotions that surround these characters. And because of that all the ends were connected beautifully.
As I said, the story was slowly built, and so were the relationships and the emotions I felt which grew along with the story. So when I thoight I had reached the calm part of the ocean, Laura came with a huge wave and led me to the apex of my emotions…and with them, she has once again brought warmness to this heart that often feels tired, exhausted, but that always feels that tug that I said up there when he meets up with the beautiful words, the dear characters and the lovely stories by Laura.
And just like every time I reach the end in her books, at the end of The Life We Almost Had I was left with a deep feeling of gratitude, a profound sense of proud by another beautiful work and…saudade…a longing to reread this beautiful story as if it were the first time, and to feel all the emotions as if they were unknown to me.
Saudades of Julia and Will.
Saudades of Logan and Jorgen.
Saudades of Brooke and River.
Saudades of Ashley and Rem.
Saudades of Savannah and Salem.
Saudades of Berlin and Iva.
Saudades of my dear Autumn.
By Fernanda Aragão.
About the author:
LAURA MILLER is the national bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes about rain on tin roofs, gravel roads, old trucks with holes in the floorboards and small-town summer nights. Laura grew up on a farm in a little Midwestern town. Now, she lives in Kansas City, Mo., with her weatherman husband.